- Temporary Closures on MRG June 26, 2020
- We’d like to hear from you!
- Precious Cargo!
- Warning: Dagger Moth Caterpillars Sting!
- Trail Riders of the MRG!
- Garlic Mustard Squad!
- The MRG – Equal, Accessible, and Resilient Public Space
- Clean Up!
- A Sign of Hope Along the MRG
- NH Rail Trail Economic Impact Study Survey (Due April 15, 2020)
- Light at the End of the Tunnel
- Thank You Upper Valley Rugby Volunteers!
- Latest Work Day – Report from the Field
- MRG Walk and Work Days
- Wildlife on the MRG
- New Bench Installed
- New MRG Quest!
- Leb Fest MRG Bike Ride for Kids
- Climate Strike Action – Planting the Fruits of Tomorrow Today!
- MRG Planting – Action for Climate Strike Week
- Friends of the MRG Reclaim the Trail
- Goats NOT Herbicides!
- Be Bear Aware
- Perfect Solution: WIlling Waterer and Bike with Saddlebags!
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The State of New Hampshire owns almost 500 miles of rail trails, which are an asset to the State’s growing recreation and nature based economy. In preparation for a State Rail Trail Plan, the NH Department of Transportation and its partners are surveying trail users to learn how rail trail use impacts our local economy. While there are no rewards for participating, please know that your input is vital to planning for the future of rail trails in New Hampshire. The 5 minute survey is open for 1 week, until April 15th. Click the link below to begin the survey.
Looking eastward under Hanover Street bridge toward the downtown Mall
Though it will be many months before the work is completed, it’s encouraging to see progress toward connecting the Mascoma River Greenway to the Northern Rail Trail via the tunnel. The Mall parking area, that once formed the roof of the tunnel, has been removed. (See the plan for how it will eventually look.) There is a plan for major work to be done on the Hanover Street bridge next summer, which is likely to delay tunnel use, but step by step we are moving forward.
“Members of the Upper Valley Rugby Club complete the season at the MRG Pocket Park with mulching, raking, and general clean up. The UVRC has adopted the Pocket Park and its members are becoming quite knowledgeable about planting, fertilizing, mulching, and general plant maintenance. We couldn’t do it without them!” – Cindy Heath
On October 26, the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department organized a workday on the Mascoma River Greenway. Volunteers from the Valley Bible Church in White River Junction joined trail enthusiasts from Lebanon to help install five more benches along the MRG, bringing the total number to six. In addition, volunteers pulled weeds which were encroaching on the trail, applied preservative to the wooden railings and helped to anchor the umbrella sculpture which sits near the Mascoma River. Going forward, there is a hope that the City can recruit individuals and organizations to take responsibility to maintain a short section of the trail on a year-round basis. – Rainie Kelly
Free Fall MRG Walk – Friday, October 25th 10am to 11am, Mascoma River Greenway; For all ages. Stretch those legs this Fall and enjoy foliage along the MRG. Bring a water bottle, chat with other community members and make some friends! Meet at the Leb Rec Office in River Valley Community College. Register online at LebanonNH.com/Register.
Volunteer Day on the Greenway – Saturday, October 26th 9am to 12pm, Mascoma River Greenway; Interested in volunteering on the Mascoma River Greenway? Contact Krissy at email@example.com for more information.
Do you have photos and/or stories of wildlife seen on the MRG? We’d love to add them to our collection on the MRG Wildlife page. Please send to mcgovern.patricia(at)gmail.com
The folks in Lebanon Recreation & Parks wear many hats, and today, some were wearing their bench-installation hats. Thanks to Doug McGrath and Krissy Flythe, we now have a bench installed on the western end of the MRG, near the umbrella sculpture, and almost ready for use. Rest and enjoy the beautiful view of the river!
Mascoma River Greenway Co-Chair, Frank Gould, has created a new MRG Quest for Vital Communities. Can you fill in the blanks? Find the historical markers? Complete the Quest?
This Quest takes you on the Mascoma River Greenway. You will discover
hidden parts of Lebanon and lovely views of the river. The length of the
Greenway is 2.5 miles one way. This is a great Quest to do on a bike!
Click here to view/print the clues and map for this quest.
And you can get a little bit of Lebanon’s railroad history here.
Kids of all ages and abilities are welcome to explore the Mascoma River Greenway during LebFest, Saturday, at 3:30 pm. The group will leave from the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association tent (corner of the Lebanon Green closest to the fire department.) Members of the UVMBA and a police escort will be part of the trip.
Leb Fest:A Festival for Everyone: Food trucks, Music, Games, and More! Admission is FREE!
> Chili Competition feat. Local Restaurants from 2:30–4:00 PM
> Raq-on Dance at 2:15pm
> Reckless Breakfast at 3pm
> Jake Willeman & Friends at 4:30pm
> Tuck Rock Dojo at 5:15pm
> Dartmouth Rockapellas at 6pm
Brooks Hubbard Band in Concert at 7:00pm
(Concert admission is $10 and will be held in the First Congregational Church by Colburn Park)
BUY CONCERT TICKETS HERE:
How lucky we were to have a beautiful day and so many Upper Valley Apple Corps folks and friends of Mascoma River Greenway responding to the call for volunteers.
The work was hard – gravel, rocks, boulders, hard-pack . . . all kinds of tools were needed
Imagine encountering this challenge and succeeding!
Rocky soil was sifted, apple trees and elderberry bushes set in place, in-filled, and topped off with cardboard mulch and compost.
More compost! More water! More wood chips!
Two apple trees and two elderberry bushes were finally in place. Phase one accomplished!
A hearty crew set off for the next phase on the western end at the Price Chopper access.
Eric, Barry, and Kathy plant dogwood.
Josie and Thomas planting aronia (black chokeberry)
An apple tree and three organic high-bush blueberries planted near the umbrella sculpture, and high-bush cranberry, aronia, button bush, wetland rose, and red osier dogwoods planted in the moist area at the base of the Price Chopper access drive. Mission accomplished. Thank you Upper Valley Apple Corps and friends of Mascoma River Greenway And thanks to the Robert F. Church Charitable Trust for funding this MRG Pollinator Corridor project.